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City Adjusts to Continue Protecting Public Health, Address Increases in Brush and Bulk Disposal

Post Date:04/22/2020 1:28 PM

City Adjusts Public Works Staffing to Continue Protecting Public Health, Address Increases in Brush and Bulk Disposal

City committed to protecting public health and garbage program, urges patience

BLOOMINGTON, IL– Last week, the City of Bloomington announced plans to evaluate staffing levels for its refuse program in order to continue maintaining critical garbage collection in light of COVID-19 while addressing the increases in brush and bulk that have been seen since the Governor’s stay-at-home order went into place. The City is currently collecting approximately three times more brush than bulk.

About a month ago, the City began rotating staff and went from two collection crews to one in an effort to protect families and preserve the workforce during the pandemic. While garbage collection has remained virtually unchanged operationally, the increase in brush and bulk has led to slower-than-anticipated collection of those refuse types, running about two weeks behind schedule.

To address this, the City plans to temporarily reallocate a staff member from Public Works’ Streets and Sewers Division to operate a knuckle boom truck to assist with and accelerate the process of brush collection. After a week, this plan will be assessed for its effectiveness and operations adjusted appropriately, if needed.

“We are still in the initial stages of COVID-19 in our community,” explains City Manager Tim Gleason. “After careful consideration and consultation with staff, including Public Works Director Kevin Kothe, these adjustments will be made to meet the new demands brought on by this unique set of conditions. We understand more people are at home and working on yard and household projects. Still, it is imperative we preserve our workforce for future stages of COVID-19, to avoid infections that could severally impact garbage collection, a critical essential service. We can’t allow an infection event to impact garbage collection, which has so far remained operationally consistent to pre-COVID levels. That cannot become the disaster within this COVID-19 disaster.

While I know the delay in brush and bulk collection has been frustrating, I urge the community’s patience, and it is my hope that as our crews continue to work hard, neighbors will offer a smile and a wave from their living room windows when they see workers in the field.”

As another option in addition to curbside collection, residents may bring brush and bulk to the Citizens Convenience Center (drop off located just south of the Bloomington Public Library). Hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 am-2:45 pm and Wednesday from 11 am-6:45 pm.

For more information about the City of Bloomington, please visit www.cityblm.org.

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